September 30, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica City Hall Launches Free “Gig Test” For Visitors:

The City of Santa Monica has provided Gigabit broadband to local tech and entertainment businesses for years, but as of Friday, the City will offer City Hall visitors a chance to use broadband speeds that outpace U.S. and global broadband speeds.

For the next month City Hall visitors can browse the web, search for jobs, and conduct research without any noticeable delay due to the ultra-fast 1 Gigabit speeds.

Jory Wolf, the City of Santa Monica’s Chief Information Officer, said the “Gig Test” is the latest project from CityNet, Santa Monica’s broadband initiative committed to offering broadband solutions considered affordable and fast by global standards.

“Santa Monica continues to leverage our fiber optic network to maximize its benefit to our community for a number of community priorities including transportation, Wi-Fi access, education, mobility, and economic development,” Wolf said. “We have been a leader in network technologies, and will continue our focus on continuous improvement in this area into the future.”

Global studies on broadband have pointed to the U.S. lagging behind other developed countries.

In a 2012 broadband study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States ranked 13th out of its 34 member countries for average advertised download speeds.

Gary Carter, Broadband Program Administrator explains, “Redefining broadband standards for Santa Monica is not only important for our local community, but contributes to a national and global policy effort to enhance broadband in terms of broadband deployment, speeds, affordability, and adoption.”

CityNet has long served as a successful model for other local governments, demonstrating how a public agency can offer innovative network solutions to its community without a negative impact to its budget.

In 2013, Santa Monica’s broadband model was included in a study on “Successful Practices of Broadband Deployment,” for the Federal Working Group established by President Obama’s Executive Order Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica Walk to End Alzheimer’s

September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020

Alzheimer’s Association encouraging residents to walk in small groups amid COVID-19 The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Santa Monica residents to...

Lawsuit Filed Against Plaza Development

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Slow-growth group says City is violating Surplus Land Act By Sam Catanzaro A slow-growth group has filed a lawsuit to...

City Of Santa Monica Being Sued Over Proposed Plaza Project: Santa Monica Beat – September, 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Being Sued Over Proposed Plaza Project. * LA Street...

Santa Monica Police Make Additional Arrests in Looting of REI

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

Marques Miles and Misty Jones arrested by Santa Monica Police Department Santa Monica police recently made additional arrests of two...

OpEd: The Miramar Project Will Be a New Architectural Jewel

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

The Miramar Hotel has been a central part of Santa Monica’s history and an integral part of the community for...

Edify TV: Trident Center Redevelopment

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Westside’s Trident Center is getting a major overhaul and new name as part of a flurry of development in...

Miramar Project to go Before City Council Tuesday

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Councilmember Gleam Davis asks City Attorney whether she should rescue self from vote  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers will...

SMa.r.t. Column: Needed, A Heart Transplant

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

We have written about adaptive reuse in previous columns and have postulated that with proper incentives, the existing one, two...

Edify TV: Boulders Blocking Westside Encampment

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

City officials recently removed boulders placed on sidewalks by some Westside residents to prevent the formation of a homeless encampment....

Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? Santa Monica Beat – September, 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? * Increases In...

SMC to Be Online for Winter and Spring 2021

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

College cites lack of available vaccine  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced it will be delivering classes...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...

Local Breweries Say They Have Been Unfairly Shuttered as County Passes Grant Program

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

$10 million grant program approved by Board of Supervisors  By Sam Catanzaro Will a $10 million grant program be enough...

Santa Monica Loses Vegan Restaurant

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Space housing Santa Monica vegan restaurant Viva Vegan up for lease By Sam Catanzaro A vegan restaurant in Santa Monica...

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...